|Initial release||12 May 1999|
|Stable release||12.30.0000 / March 15, 2013|
XYplorer (pronounced eks-wai-plorer; formerly known as TrackerV3) is a shareware file manager for Windows 98/NT/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7. XYplorer is a hybrid file manager that combines features found in navigational and orthodox file managers. In addition to dual folder panes (since version 8), it features a file tree and a tabbed interface for folders that supports drag-and-drop between tabs and panes.
A central feature is the hideable information panel at the bottom that can be used to view file properties and contents, generate reports, preview files (PNG, TIF, GIF, JPG, TGA, PSD, ICO; WAV, MP3, MPEG, AVI; TTF, PFB; HTML, EML, MSG, DOC, XLS, PDF, and many other formats) and find files. The search facility supports Boolean logic, regular expressions, whole word and fuzzy matching, binary string search, and multiple location search. Some unique features are the Catalog, (which is a user created panel of links to files, folders, URLs, shortcuts, and similar entries), Scripting (which allows user to create stored sets of commands, similar to a macro), Mini Tree (a custom subset of the tree) and UDC (User Defined Commands, to create a limited set of customized commands). Other features includes advanced batch renaming capabilities, custom file copiers (supports file verifications, pause and resume, and course of action on file collisions), highly customizable color-coding for files (aka Color Filters. Allows color-coding of files based on one or more combinations of file types, dates, age, and size), and highly customizable visual filters allowing only certain files and folders to be displayed depending on the filter criteria.
XYplorer is a portable (stand-alone) file manager. It does not require any installation, stores all data in the program's folder or a user defined folder, and running it does not change the system or registry unless by user request to set XYplorer as the default file manager or add to Windows context menu.
Historically, the application was first a search engine, and later grew into a more complete file manager.
XYplorer is being actively developed by Donald Lessau since 1998, originally as Dual Licensed Freeware (non-commercial use) and Professional License. It later is offered under a Lifetime Professional License that allows unlimited updates for life and a cheaper Standard Professional License that allows updates to a certain version. A feature limited Home Edition was also available for a lower price.
Starting with version 12.00 (released January 28, 2013), the app became multilingual and the Lifetime Professional License and Home Edition will no longer be offered with only the Standard License Professional left. The official statement by developer Donald Lessau:
After more than 12 years we will soon cease to offer the Lifetime License for XYplorer. Of course, all Lifetime Licenses already sold are NOT affected by this at all. But there will be no new Lifetime Licenses. Also the Home Edition is discontinued. Beginning with the publication of XYplorer 12.00 (planned for January 28th, 2013) only one type of license will be offered, the Standard License Pro.
This marks the end of an era. But the Lifetime License was simply too good for its price, and the price was too high for those who didn't understand how good it was. A situation which is not sustainable economically in the long run. 
A discontinued freeware version (5.50), available from Nov 2007 to May 2008, is obsolete for current operating systems.
See also 
- The Official XYplorer Website
- XYplorer User Forums
- Functions Summary in English, User Review in PTBR
- An Extensive Functions Review by a Beginner
- Ian "Gizmo" Richards' Tech Support Alert, Best Free File Manager. A non-commercial review of free alternatives to Windows Explorer. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- CNet's Editor Review
- Practical PC Online (UK) (Apr 2008) - Alternatives to Windows Vista Explorer
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